Counting the exponents of single transfer matrices

Counting the exponents of single transfer matrices,10.1063/1.3594654,Luca Guido Molinari,Giuseppe Lacagnina

Counting the exponents of single transfer matrices  
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The eigenvalue equation of a band or a block tridiagonal matrix, the tight binding model for a crystal, a molecule, or a particle in a lattice with random potential or hopping amplitudes, and other problems lead to three-term recursive relations for (multicomponent) amplitudes. Amplitudes n steps apart are linearly related by a transfer matrix, which is the product of n matrices. Its exponents describe the decay lengths of the amplitudes. A formula is obtained for the counting function of the exponents, based on a duality relation and the Argument Principle for the zeros of analytic functions. It involves the corner blocks of the inverse of the associated Hamiltonian matrix. As an illustration, numerical evaluations of the counting function of quasi 1D Anderson model are shown.
Published in 2011.
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